I'm the Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5, covering the governor, Legislature and state politics, and had previously covered the Statehouse for Gannett newspapers for more than 15 years. I'm a lifelong New Jerseyan -- raised in Bergen, living in Hunterdon, Rutgers graduate. I'm co-author of the 2012 biography 'Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.' I am not the Iron Chef with a similar name though sometimes get tweets meant for him, especially around Thanksgiving. Believe me, you don't want my cooking tips.
‘Clean energy’ jobs in NJ nears 55,000, with hopes for more
New report says the number of 'clean energy' jobs in New Jersey is approaching 52,000. Federal data suggest at least 2,800 more were added to that last year.
Assembly votes to expand medical marijuana, keep taxing it
The 65-5 vote, with six abstentions, pushes the bill one step from Gov. Phil Murphy's desk. Senate approval is expected next week.
NJ could let 14-year-olds get vaccines without parental consent
A new bill would give minors in New Jersey the right to consent to vaccinations starting at age 14, regardless of whether their parents or guardians approve.
NJ denies full benefits to paid firefighters who volunteered on 9/11
First responders on paid assignment at Ground Zero have been eligible, but some of those who helped on their own time have not.
NJ one of two states worst positioned to cope if recession hits
New Jersey and Illinois are the two states whose budgets are in the weakest position should a recession materialize, according to Moody's Investors Service.
Medical marijuana plan: Home delivery, lounges, taxed longer
Finally freed from now-delayed legalization plan, a significant plan to expand New Jersey's medical marijuana program is moving quickly in the Legislature.
Plan to penalize pot possession with $50 ticket advances, shakily
Expungement of criminal records advanced easily. But vote on switching to civil fine for possession was shelved, revived, then advanced without discussion.
Should New Jersey end its high school graduation exam?
Lawmakers are now considering a commission that would take up to 18 months to recommend next steps for graduation rules and high-stakes testing.
NJ voters may get chance to cut public workers’ benefits
Senate president says he'll seek pension and health care changes within six weeks. If progress isn't made, proposed constitutional amendments would follow.
Marijuana legalization in NJ on hold until 2020 voter referendum
Marijuana will not be legalized for use by adults in New Jersey any time soon, with the idea now delayed until decided by a voter referendum in November 2020.